Psst....Do You Want to Know a Secret?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-14 14:48:19 -0600
Started 2013-01-11 22:02:02 -0600

Did you know that smoking, and diabetes is a deadly combination?
That Nicotene raises your blood glucose level even if you take insulin or medications to manage your diabetes?

There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.

The list of ”599 Additives” approved by the US Government for use in the manufacture of cigarettes is something every smoker should see. Submitted by the five major American cigarette companies to the Dept. of Health and Human Services in April of 1994, this list of ingredients had long been kept a secret.

These ingredients are approved as additives for foods, they were not tested by burning them, and it is the burning of many of these substances which changes their properties, often for the worse.

Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette – 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. Forty-three known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke or both.

If you have diabetes (and manage it) and you smoke tobacco products, you are doing yourself a great injustice, you are undoing the good of managing your diabetes, you are replacing something positive with something negative!

Do yourself a favor, quit smoking…it's worth a try!

19 replies

old biker
old biker 2013-01-13 09:30:13 -0600 Report

This is what happens when you quit smoking
In 20 minutes your heart rate drops
In 12 hours the carbon monoxide in your blood is back to normal
In 2 weeks to 3 months. Your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs are working better
In 1 to 9 months your coughing and shortness of breath decrease and your lungs start to function better lowering your risk of lung infection
In 1 year your risk for heart disease is half that of a smokers
In 5 years your risk of having a stroke is the same as a non smoker
In 10 years your risk of dying from lung is half that of a smokers.Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decreases
In 15 years your risk of heart disease is now the same as a non smoker

MAYS 2013-01-13 11:34:34 -0600 Report

Thanks for the additional information, I am truly glad that i did not develope a habit for smoking anything!

jayabee52 2013-01-11 23:18:22 -0600 Report

Fortunately for me, I don't have to worry about those things. My mom and dad did not smoke and so I didn't pick up the habit.

However I probably inhaled some other stuff growing up on the farm that I should not have, things like smoke from an electric welder or drifting weed spray, or grain dust.

MAYS 2013-01-12 04:08:22 -0600 Report

Was any of it worse than imhaling tabacco smoke?

jayabee52 2013-01-12 10:23:13 -0600 Report

Well I didn't suffer any noticably ill effects, but I could have gotten "dust pneumonia" from the grain dust and possibly died (yes there have been deaths due to that) but I wasn't in it long enough to get to that point. 2013-01-12 14:25:14 -0600 Report

I hate the smell of cigarettes and the smoke makes me cough, i have never smoke in my life but my husband used to smoke and he was a diabetic, he would quit but them he would turn around and get the cigarettes out again.He finally quit but it was to late.

MAYS 2013-01-13 11:36:43 -0600 Report

Smoking, and smokers turn me off, I consider it to be a selfish and disgusting act!

MAYS 2013-01-13 14:32:17 -0600 Report

That is so true, your clothing smells like cigarettes as though you were the cigarette smoker!

jayabee52 2013-01-14 03:39:01 -0600 Report

since I am "in the "market" for a new female relationship one of the first questions I ask a prospective date is if they smoke. Smoking is a deal-breaker for me because even if they don't smoke around me, I hate smelling it on peoples' clothes.

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